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Old 08-31-2005, 07:32 PM   #1
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Updating Firefox, old version refuses to leave

I am trying to update firefox to 1.0.6, and the old version, was originally 1.0.3, wouldn't go, everytime I started FF it opened the old version, even tho the new version launched after the installer quit, trying to launch it either by the command firefox or clicking on web browser icon gets te old version.

After playing around with it, I have ended up back at 1.0.1, please, tell me what I'm doing wrong...

I'm on FC3, and have been downloading the installer from mozilla's site...


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Old 08-31-2005, 09:23 PM   #2
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When you installed the new version, it has installed into another place - ie the old version is /usr/lib/firefox, and the new version has been installed to /usr/local/firefox.

The command "firefox" in your path is probably a symbolic link to the old firefox - "firefox" is probably a symbolic link in /usr/bin to /usr/lib/firefix/firefox.

The way to fix this is:
1) First check that I am right - find the symbolic link in /usr/bin, find the old firefox directory and the new firefox directory.

2) If I am right, remove the symbolic link, and replace it with a new symbolic link to the new firefox executable:
rm /usr/bin/firefox
ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin
Assuming that the new firefox executable is /usr/local/firefox/firefox. You have to be root to do this.

Let me know if you have any problems
Old 09-01-2005, 04:44 PM   #3
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Thanks, I knew i couldn't be too hard...

Scott McNeely


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